John 8:31-35 New International Version (NIV)

31 To the Jews who had believed him, Jesus said, “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. 32 Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”

33 They answered him, “We are Abraham’s descendants and have never been slaves of anyone. How can you say that we shall be set free?”

34 Jesus replied, “Very truly I tell you, everyone who sins is a slave to sin. 35 Now a slave has no permanent place in the family, but a son belongs to it forever.

The Truth Will Set You Free

Jesus tells his followers, “The truth will set you free.” Have you ever told a lie and felt the need to keep lying in order to justify what you’ve already lied about? I know I have. When I find myself defending a lie, I feel trapped, cornered, and guilty as if I were imprisoned by the lie itself. At that point, I am a slave to sin. My freedom begins when I confess my lie and ask for forgiveness. Jesus knows the pitfalls that wait when I forget I am his daughter and a member of the family of God. He cautions me to set sail with the winds of His truth and promises me His keel will keep me steady on my journey.

Prayer: Lord, stand by me when I stray from the ways you have taught me. Thank you for the courage to admit my sins and ask for forgiveness. I want to remain in your family of believers and feel the release that comes from walking the path that leads to you. When I’m feeling like those around me are plotting against me, Lord, help me remember how you faced your enemies with dignity and humility. I know you see through me, Lord. Help me to be transparent and honest with you and with myself. Set me free, Lord, and help me be worthy to be among your circle of disciples.

Cheryl Del Monte

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